iLembe District Municipality recently signed the Durban Commitment, joining leading local governments from around the world as a partner in the global movement to protect biodiversity. The Durban Commitment was signed by Mayor Gumede at the iLembe District Municipality Political Leader Wetlands Awareness Raising Workshop held in Stanger.
In a statement made prior to the signing ceremony, Mayor Gumede said: “Partnerships and community involvement will be critical for managing our wetlands and we want to commit to protecting our wetlands”.
The Durban Commitment is a non-binding commitment and model created by local governments, for local governments and the communities they serve, to protect and enhance biodiversity at the local level.
The workshop where the Durban Commitment was signed was held as part of the LAB: Wetlands SA project. The project is being implemented in 11 municipalities across South Africa and aims to raise awareness around the value of wetlands and mainstream biodiversity and wetlands into municipal land use planning. More information on the project can be found here.